Fall 2019 Grab Bag Week 5: Gundam Build Divers Re-RISE, Assassins Pride

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I watch too many shows, so let’s talk about some other ones.

Mei is annoyed

Gundam Build Divers Re-RISE Episode 5

I’ve largely been treating this show as a relaxing sideshow, and I think it holds up decently. I like that it breaks the mold by having its main character, Hiroto Kuga, be an experienced player rather than a complete newbie. I think it’s refreshing to follow someone who knows what he’s doing, but I do wonder about how the series is handling character stories.

Par tries to leave

The story largely follows four players who find themselves thrown together D&D-style into an adventuring party within the game. I get that it’s interesting to follow along as the characters learn about each other, but I do get the sense that their pasts are a bit too mysterious. This episode is a nice opportunity for Par, but it starts with Mei displaying a preexisting relationship with Magee. Am I supposed to recognize her from the previous season?

Hiroto unveils a new form

Still, I think that the variety in the mobile suits seems interesting so far. I’ve always liked transforming Gundams, so it’s cool to watch Hiroto fight. Justice Knight is annoying so far, but what can you do? The overall story seems to be following a potential non-player ecosystem within the game, which is a natural progression from the self-aware AI that was Sarah in the previous season. The story reminds me of the focus of Infinite Dendrogram, so I think it’s promising.

Melida and Nerva are friends now

Assassins Pride Episode 4

When I last spoke about this series, I commented that I liked the concept behind its setting, but I thought that its explanations of character motivations were lacking. To be honest, that hasn’t changed all too much, but I do like that the series has been working on building its world some more. It certainly explains a lot. In other senses, I get the feeling that it’s rushing through its developments a bit. The previous episode was meant to be Melida’s debut, but this week’s episode immediately shifts to a much more important tournament without much reason.

Melida and Elise are revealed

I get that this competition is supposed to be a prestigious thing, but I still find it weird that everyone just kind of goes with it when Melida and Elise are revealed here. Also, we as the audience don’t really get a good sense of why this is a shocking reveal until it’s fully explained, which makes it feel like a weak moment. I’m not even sure I have a good sense of where Melida ranks within her school. Is she effectively a first-year?

Kufa must prove himself

I do have to give the episode credit for Carrier Marquis’s reveal. It’s not a bad fight, and I like the slight explanation of the class system within this world through her Clown class. Compared to the previous episode’s vampire reveal, it feels like a step up. Yeesh, how does Kufa trick anyone with his name?

Anime Review: Demi-chan wa Kataritai

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This series is set in a world where a small percentage of humanity are born as “demi-humans” and live peacefully with humanity. The main character (if you can call him that), Tetsuo Takahashi, is a biology teacher who is interested in studying these demi-humans and finds that there are three students and a fellow teacher in the school that happen to be demi-humans, a vampire, a dullahan, a snow woman, and a succubus. The show mainly follows his interactions with these demi-humans and tries to understand their unique situations (that’s all your getting in terms of story).

Overall, I thought this show was interesting because of how it tried to examine the mythologies behind demi-humans. Everything generally seemed grounded despite the supernatural nature of the discussion. It also focused a lot on each character’s individual struggles dealing with their unique, demi-human-related traits. In that regard, I’ve seen the show described as a message about people with disabilities and I think that’s a pretty good way to put it. But I guess more importantly, there’s a message about looking at things from the perspective of someone else and thinking about why they act the way they do (this is where I think Hikari in particular excels as a character).

I read the manga version of this series before it aired as an anime. Normally, this wouldn’t make much of a difference, but this series really impressed me with how much the anime added on to the presentation in the manga. I really liked a lot of the comedic effects it used with scene transitions as they made the scenes a lot funnier than they appeared in the manga. And music-wise, the series was pretty solid. There were a few particularly memorable songs in the soundtrack and I thought the ending song was pretty good. Using crayons in the animation to match to the piano notes being played was also a nice touch.

Overall Score: 8/10

Kekkai Sensen Episode 11: Flashback time

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This week’s episode prepares for the final battle by explaining White’s background and finally explain why she calls herself a ghost (among other things). I’m not entirely sure if I understand the ending of the episode, though. Are White and Black both dead now that the Second Collapse has started? That would mean that the King of Despair is just letting his allies handle the rest or something…which wouldn’t exactly surprise me.

Next week finishes up this series with the final episode. More than likely, the ending will be something like “stop the collapse and then life goes back to the way it was”. Is there ever going to be any resolution on Leo’s sister? She’s pretty much been in the background for this entire series.

Kekkai Sensen Episode 9: Two stories in one?

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This week’s episode seemed a bit too jumpy for me. I understand that it was meant to show the two stories side-by-side, but it felt like it was doing too much. Plus, I couldn’t help but care less about the Libra half of things because it was basically following the same formula of battling a Blood Breed and introducing a new character. On the White and Black side of things, it looks like the evil personality is planning on using White to take Leo’s eyes. While slightly more dramatic than the other half of the story, I’m sure this won’t really do much but establish White’s feelings for Leo.

As usual, the preview doesn’t really give any hints for next week’s episode. Everything in it seems entirely unrelated to this week’s content. I’m sure there will either be a bunch of scenes with White having some internal strife or just missing a bunch of opportunities to trap Leo (this second scenario is less likely because it seems out of character for White even if it’s for her brother).

Kekkai Sensen Episode 4: Vampires now?

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I’m pretty convinced that I was right to be wary about this show. It’s becoming extremely episodic in nature and I’m not sure where it’s going with the story. You could literally watch the first episode and skip to this one and not miss a beat. That being said, it’s possible that this pattern changes now. I’m wondering whether the vampires are going to be the main enemy for the rest of the show. I’m basing this guess off of two things: the King of Despair (who is presumably a vampire) seems to be major character and the show was marked with the “vampire” tag from the start.

I’ll probably check out the next episode tomorrow to finally catch up with this show. From the preview, it looks like another blood manipulator just like pretty much everyone else in this show. Also, I’m assuming the female character from the preview is a member of the team or at least soon will be?